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  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Worthy list. Seconded, especially the trip to Connemara and Newgrange -- if you do plan to see Newgrange, also consider visiting Drogheda: lots of history, preserved Saint's head, that sort of thing (do *not* mention the name "Cromwell" -- good...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Because I have a few minutes, some further comments: you missed the "YMMV" This may indeed be a failure of single-channel communication (written text, that is), but the full context of your quote was "But of course, YMMV. HA!" --...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    If only some well-known published author had written an in depth series of blog articles about traditional publishing, perhaps including something in the series title about misconceptions and how common they might be with respect to the publishing industry. One...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I have lost count of the number of times that the Many Naméd One has said "goodbye". It's part of the regular act: Slow slide into ever more theatrical predictions/promises of our doom; final farewell (implying that we are ungrateful...
  • Commented on Book day!
    For a plethora of reasons, ranging from mundane to recondite, I only got around to picking up The Annihilation Score last week, and am currently consuming The Nightmare Stacks -- I should be in the pleasant position of completing just...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    More regarding the dietary requirements of the under-bridge residents....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I do enjoy (for masochistic values of "enjoy") spotting the difference between the old USSR and modern USA. As Sir Terry and Neil Gaiman once wrote: "If you looked really closely, and had been specially trained, you could tell the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Or to put it another way: The problem with the MoA piece has nothing to do with the fact that their analysis is the opposite of someone else's analysis; the problem is that it is poor analysis that rests on...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I notice that after repeatedly asking for reasons not to trust the MoA analysis, you completely sidestepped my breakdown @251, so methinks thou dost not be debating i' good faith. Also, we could play logical fallacy bingo with your response...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    If we get as far as Troubles in the USA. Since Trump seems to be determined to escalate things in Syria, and Putin seems unlikely to back down, I'm genuinely starting to feel like we're sliding back to the darkest...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Indeed. See my long winded response too. Sometimes Godwin is the right response....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    It has been my opinion for some time that although the DUP make lots of noise about restoring the NI Assembly, "direct rule" is actually what they want. Especially with their current level of influence at Westminster and even more...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Just for the heck of it, here are some high level criticisms of the "killer analysis" by "Moon of Alabama". In short: There's a lot of flawed logic, personal opinion masquerading as objective analysis, and dubious moral arguments (for values...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    If you're feeling conspiracy minded, here's something to link Northern Ireland, Russia and the US presidency (just for the fun of it, concoct your own story to fit!): Billionaire Mordashov's £40 million super yacht docks in Belfast Here's why the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Maths was clearly simplified, but I liked the overall point that much of the promised money is not new. So while not exactly being sold a polished turd, the NI electorate aren't exactly getting the deal they thought they were...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Working hard or hardly working? When is a Billion quid really worth £30 million?...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    While they may not be wrong, Sinn Fein's glee is (to mangle the metaphor at the start of this thread) rather like the glee of those who cried fire in the crowded theatre realising that there is a fire, and...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    On the other hand, I could be wrong and the Stormont Assembly could pop back into existence immediately, the budget wisely spent, and sunshine and rainbows ensue (proper rainbows, not the gay sort, of course). After all, we've only got...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Yes. Fucking amazing where this money appeared from. Leaving aside the inevitable fallout with other UK regions re Barnett Formula (have the DUP just fanned the recently banked flames of Scottish independence and endangered the Union they hold so dear?);...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    "My reading was that the PIRA was desperate to avoid another Official/Provisional war" This would be closest to my reading of the situation too, but I would put this as a kind with the PIRA lacking the will to confront...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The DUP are sounding worryingly statesmanlike (in a "cat that got the cream" sense) after today's meeting with the new Taoiseach. There's also much in the language coming from the DUP MPs (and definitively stated by some Tories -- see...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    If it's the accusation of "wild speculation" that offends you so, then you're going to have to understand that I am coming to that from a position of listening to decades of ill and misinformed opinion by people with little...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Despite your overtly aggressive and condescending tone, I'm going to politely request that you provide some evidence for the speculations that you have made here. You appear to be mixing a lot of personal opinion, speculation (from the unfounded to...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Since it's all wild speculation with no way to prove anything conclusively one way or the other, this seems like a fairly silly and circular discussion to me. (Unless some happens to have a tame IRA commander on hand ready...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    (Also partly in response to Martin @181) All of the issues you mention would have taken a long time to resolve (particularly the segregation issue -- see my previous comments, and also Some of the post nuts Martin makes), and...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I have (elsewhere) compared the bigotry and sectarianism in Ni to an addiction, and it is of course almost impossible to help an addict until they want to be helped. I don't think that the majority of people in NI...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    "Working together very productively" seen as a relative measure compared to NI history, as opposed to objectively compared to a standard Western democracy (if such a beast exists), is not too far from accurate. They may not have been productive...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The loss of the Portadown News is lamentable (not just for the loss of satire, also because once it's author went mainstream it became apparent that he's a bit of a prick). If you enjoy the Ulster Fry, I'd also...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    My experience is that there has been little reduction in bigotry, we have just got better at segregating ourselves (see my previous posts, also look up how "peace walls" have been erected/extended/enhanced since the GFA) and not putting ourselves in...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Additional point about extremism that I missed earlier: From an external stand point DUP and Sinn Fein appear extreme, within Northern Ireland politics they no longer occupy the extreme ends of the spectrum. So from an internal perspective the NI...
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